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The Case for More Operations Funding for Transit

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill has been passed by the Senate. That’s an excellent start in addressing our long-neglected physical infrastructure. And now the bill goes back to the House of Representatives for concurrence. In the regular order of business, the House would negotiate and then concur with amendments made in the Senate. But this bipartisan deal did not follow the normal process, essentially negating the ability of House members to negotiate. This is... Continue reading »

 

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Equity in Practice

by TransitCenter and CNT
September 22, 2021

Equity in Practice: A guidebook for transit agencies, co-written by TransitCenter and CNT, details our research into how the public transit industry defines, operationalizes, and evaluates equity. We assessed industry practices that forefront equity in leadership and strategy, community engagement, and evaluation/measurement.

Some very high-level actions items for transit agencies are to:

  • Develop an equity strategy that defines a vision of equity and that guides new priorities to achieve that goal.
  • Prioritize equity across organizational processes, policies, and culture: in agency leadership, structure, hiring & retention, budgeting, and workplace culture.
  • Conduct collaborative, responsive, iterative, and transparent outreach; hire CBOs to support.
  • Evaluate equity in decision-making with multiple metrics, including with qualitative data. 
  • Demand more effective equity regulations and evaluations.

CNT and TransitCenter are now putting these findings into practice by working directly with two transit agencies, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Los Angeles Metro (LA Metro), to advance their equity goals. More on these projects will be shared as they advance.

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New Green Infrastructure Mitigates Stormwater Runoff

Urban Land Magazine | September 24, 2021

“The problem in many Great Lakes cities like Chicago is that they’re flat and old,” says Drew Williams-Clark, managing director for urban resilience for the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a Chicago-based national organization that aims to improve cities’ sustainability, resilience, and quality of life. “We have combined sewers where sewage and rainwater both flow. Often, they were based on rainwater modeling that is now completely outdated because of climate change.”

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